Matthew Tant

R-Fr., Fullback, 5-11, 218

Pegram, Tennessee
Harpeth H.S.

Tant enters the season with an excellent chance to start at fullback in the new two-back set. Though inexperienced, he impressed coaches last spring with a combination of blocking ability and explosive running style. Will compete with Bara Cola and Mike Adam for starting role. Could get a look at TB role. Needs productive off-season conditioning effort to secure role.


High School
Four-year starter on offense, two-year starter on defense... PrepStar All-American... Rushed for 1,374 yards (7.8 avg.) on 176 carries as senior, scoring 22 TDs... On defense, had 105 tackles, two sacks and two INTs... Named first team All-State, All-Region, All-Conference and Nashville Tennessean All-Midstate... 2A “Back of the Year” and Mr.Football finalist... Team finished 9-2 as senior, advancing to playoffs, and posted 38-0 record in conference play during varsity career... One of 70 players across America to play in 2000 National High School All-Star Game in Dallas... As junior, ran for 1,122 yards (8.8 avg.), and registered 58 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles on defense... Earned 2A Athlete of the Year, All-State, All-Region and All-Midstate as junior... Active in FCA.

Tant plans to major in Human and Organizational Development.

Son of Mark and Brenda Tant... Born March 14, 1983... Older brother, Jason, was a reserve offensive lineman for the Commodores for last two seasons... Enjoys fishing, hunting and golf... Avid XBox player... Works as personal trainer during summer months... Rooms with QB Jay Cutler.


Vanderbilt Athletic Department
2601 Jess Neely Drive
Nashville, TN 37212
615-322-GOLD (4653)